13 year old springer spaniel having joint problems

My springer spaniel is 13 years old and has started to fall over a lot with his back legs occasionally giving way. He also seems to be having trouble getting up and down from his bed especially first thing in the morning. I think that this may have something to do with joint problems due to his age, is there anything i can do to help him?

From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com

Hi there
Yes there is alot you can do. Springers are very prone to joint problems as they get older because they have been so active throughout their lives. You can give them supplements to help their joints, check out my Springer Spaniel Supplements Guide. Also try and keep their weight down, I have a guide to Managing the weight of an overweight Springer Spaniel.

Try to keep them exercising, swimming is best for joint issues as they are not weight bearing but they are moving which is really important.

Hope that helps and let us know how you get on.

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May 05, 2010
joint problems
by: estie

When our first springer got older and stiffer, we had steps leading up to the bed that she could use. She was having trouble jumping. One other item (and we don't do this ourselves), we let Cassy & Sam jump into the SUV - up and down. I've heard that even hunters will lift their dogs in and out of higher vehicles, and keep them from jumping so as to save their legs and joints. I don't know if this is true or not.

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